Raven Pallas ran from her past.
Easton Poe had a past he couldn't escape.
When Raven gets her dream job on Nevermore--a private, remote island--she can relax for the first time in years. As the person in charge of the island and making sure the buildings are kept in perfect condition, especially the large English manor house, is her ideal job. Using her unique skillset learned from her father, she has forgotten more than most men knew of construction.
The memories of Easton's wife's brutal murder haunt him still. Escaping the mainland and Poe Distilleries, he’s holed up on Nevermore, alone with only memories of his Lenore to keep him company. For almost five years, he has driven away all the other caretakers his twin brother had hired to make sure he was safe on the remote island.
Raven is different. He can't chase her away--and for reasons he doesn't understand, he is relieved when she stays.
But something--and someone--dark and sinister is just along the edges of their oddly tranquil life. Secrets long buried come back to haunt both of them and the answers will haunt them, evermore...
Nevermore, a modern gothic romance inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.
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I really really love this author. Her books have NEVER let me down. They are thrilling and surprising. They keep the reader guessing throughout the entire book and just when you think you know who has done what, she throws another curveball at you. I can’t get enough of M. Stratton’s books.
Nevermore is a loosely based twist on the story “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. You will see the obvious similarities as you read through it. Personally, I was never one for poetry, so I actually enjoyed Nevermore more than I did The Raven. Don’t judge me. There are characters named after some of the elements in The Raven, and similar wording in places. There is also a poem of sorts scattered through, which is put together in the end in one piece for the reader to enjoy all at one time.
Raven is on the run; from what, we aren’t told until the end, but own Poe Distilleries, started years ago by his great (or great-great?) grandfather, Edgar. Easton is a recluse living on the family island, which had been used primarily for vacation in the past it seems. He has all but abandoned the family business to his twin brother, Bryce, and family friend Henry to run in his absence. Raven is hired to go out as a caretaker to Nevermore, since Bryce isn’t confident in his brother’s abilities to take care of himself despite having run off numerous previous caretakers.
When things start to get weird on the island is when the story really takes off. There are so many weird coincidences, you can’t quite figure out if the person is after Eason or Raven. There are opportunities on both sides for things to go south.
While this book doesn’t necessarily show some of the insanity of Stratton’s previous characters and books, it is still a very good read and great for anyone looking for a mystery/thriller with the hopes of light implied romantic undertones. Very well written and interesting, Nevermore is definitely a book worth checking out.